|Nickname(s): Standing Stone|
|Motto: "Our Home, Our Town"|
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Dee Dee Brown (R), elected 2009|
|• Total||3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||643 ft (196 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Zip code||16652, 16654|
|School district:||Huntingdon Area School District|
Huntingdon is a borough in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. It is the county seat of Huntingdon County. It is located along the Juniata River, approximately 32 miles (51 km) east of Altoona and 98 miles (158 km) west of Harrisburg, in an agricultural and fruit-growing region, with valuable forests and deposits of iron, coal, fire clay, and limestone. In the past, Huntingdon had manufactures of flour, machinery, radiators, furniture, stationery, woolen goods, lumber, etc. It also was the junction of the Huntington & Broad Top Mountain RR with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and a port on the Main Line of Public Works of the Pennsylvania Canal. Huntingdon is home to Juniata College, originally founded by the Church of the Brethren in 1876. It is also the largest borough located closest to Raystown Lake. Its population was 7,093 people at the 2010 census. It is the principal borough in the Huntingdon, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Water Source
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Media
- 6 Education
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Huntingdon was settled in 1767 by the Rev. Dr. William Smith on the site of a famous Indian council ground, near the spot where Standing Stone Creek flows into the Juniata River. The spot was marked by the erection of a "Standing Stone Monument" erected at the borough centenary and rumored to exist before the founding of the original village which was called Standing Stone. The land was purchased by Dr. Smith in 1766 for 300 British Pounds. He later renamed the settlement in honor of Selina, the Countess of Huntingdon, England. The original charter of incorporation to a borough was adopted in 1796. In 1900, Huntingdon was the home of 6,053 people; in 1910, 6,861 people; and in 1940, 7,170 people.
During Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the borough was hit hard with flooding. The high school football field, Route 26 underpass under the railroad tracks, and many other areas in and around Huntingdon were flooded. The only way in an out of the borough was a township-owned road located in Oneida Township that goes up on top of Stone Creek Ridge. It was the worst flooding since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
2009 America's Coolest Small Towns
Huntingdon was named by Budget Travel magazine's readers as 5th Coolest Small Town in the United States in a poll conducted by them. Results were announced on The Early Show, April 15, 2009 with Budget Travel's editor in chief, Nina Willdorf with Harry Smith.
Huntingdon is located at (40.495187, -78.013147).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.55%) is water.
All municipalities are located in Huntingdon County unless otherwise noted.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,093 people, 2,674 households, and 1,461 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,026.6 people per square mile (779.5/km²). There were 2,911 housing units at an average density of 831.7 per square mile (319.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.61% White, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.
There were 2,674 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the borough the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 24.4% from 18 to 24, 19.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $35,057, and the median income for a family was $54,621. The per capita income for the borough was $19,070. About 6.3% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.
Huntingdon's only radio stations are WHUN Hunny 106.3FM, ESPN Radio AM 1150, and the Juniata College station WKVR 92.3FM but radio broadcasts from other markets can also be heard:
Colleges and Universities
- Juniata College- founded 1876
- DuBois Business College - Huntingdon campus
- Pennsylvania Highlands Community College - Huntingdon center (located in Walker Township)
Huntingdon is served by Huntingdon Area School District, home of the Bearcats.
- Huntingdon Area Senior High School- opened in 1960 (renovated 2004)- Grades 9-12
- Huntingdon Area Middle School- opened in 2012- Grades 6-8
- Standing Stone Elementary School- opened in 1999- Grades K-5-Huntingdon borough
- Southside Elementary School- opened in 1997 - Grade K-5-Walker Township
- Calvary Christian Academy- Grades K-12
- Huntingdon Christian Academy- Grades K-12 (located in Walker Township)
- John Simpson born 1744 died February 3, 1809. was a lieutenant in the Continental Army and in the fall of 1776 fought alongside Washington in the battle of Trenton and Princeton
- Sergeant George A. Simpson, Hero Color Bearer of the 125th Pennsylvania Infantry. The Regiment chose to immortalize Simpson's likeness atop their monument at the Antietam Battlefield.
- Hugh Brady (1768-1851), born in Huntingdon when was still known as Standing Stone, an American general.
- Dylan Lane (born 1977), game show host (hosted Chain Reaction in 2006 and 2007 and the National Vocabulary Championship) (born in Tyrone, spent whole childhood in Huntingdon)
- Robert Elliott Speer (1867–1947), American religious leader
- Horace Porter (1837–1921), Civil War General and US Diplomat
- Chuck Knox (born 1932), American football coach with the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks; attended Juniata College and married a Huntingdon native
- Erich Eichensehr (born 1966), photographer, attended Juniata College
- Richard Murray Simpson (August 30, 1900 – January 7, 1960) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
- Matthew Rush (born 1972), pornographic actor.
- Michael Newton (born 1986) Notable bare knuckle boxer and Offensive Coordinator at Juniata College.
- Christopher L Robbins (born 1979) Notable film and television director.
- Jackson Berkey (born 1942) American composer, pianist and singer, best known for his work with Mannheim Steamroller
- Curtis Wright (born 1955) Country song writer and former member of Shenandoah (band)
- Fayette Avery McKenzie, Professor of Sociology, Juniata College (1925-1941), one of the most prominent educators of the Progressive Era, devoted his professional life to the uplift American Indians and Blacks in the United States and adult education.
- Huntingdon County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau. Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
- America's Coolest Small Towns, Circa 2009
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Source Water Assessment Public Summary. Elibrary.dep.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
- "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Website
- Huntingdon Borough Website
- Huntingdon County Government Website
- Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
- Huntingdon Area School District
- Huntingdon Pa Community Website
- Huntingdon County Facebook
- Huntingdon County Historical Society